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Fraser Valley Acoustic Guitar Festival
Auditorium - Langley Campus, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Langley, BC
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Antigoni Goni,

Acclaimed by the New York Times as "An eloquent player with a graceful touch and a rich sound" Antigoni Goni is "Undoubtedly one of today's most compelling talents." Guitar Review

The Greek guitarist, Antigoni Goni enjoys a truly international career, performing extensively in Europe, Russia, the Americas, and the Far East, both as a recitalist and soloist.

In 1995, to an already long list of international competition prizes she added the first prize of the Guitar Foundation of Americas (GFA), thus becoming the first and only Greek guitarist to ever conquer it.

She regularly performs in major concert halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Covent Garden and the Wigmore Hall in London, Gasteig Hall in Munich, the Megaron and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Acropolis (Athens) as well as the Philharmonic and the Cappella Sale in St. Petersburg and the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, or, in the US, the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Juilliard Theater in New York City, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, Benaroya Hall in Seattle and Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.

A former student of great masters such as  Evangelos Assimakopoulos, Julian Bream, Oscar Ghiglia, Sharon Isbin and John Mills, she regularly brings her internationally acclaimed expertise to universities and academies around the world, and she is a regular jury member to prestigious international competitions.

A NAXOS and KOCH recording artist, her highly successful recordings have been praised for being "expressively poetic and technically exciting" and have been received with great enthusiasm by the international musical community. At least a dozen of the pieces she has recorded, have been included in Enrique Robichaud's classical guitar Cd guide: Guitar's TOP 100. Best.

Composers such as Augusta Read Thomas, Sergio Assad, Stanley Silverman, Ernesto Cordero, Tulio Peramo, Calliope Tsoupaki, John Magnussen, Atanas Ourkouzounov, and Dusan Borgdanovic composed and dedicated works to her.

Founder and Chair of the Guitar Department, Pre-College Division, at the Juilliard School of Music, (1995-2005), from 1999 until 2005 she also taught as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University. Between 2000 and 2005 she was Artist in Residence with San Francisco Performances. For her International achievements, the Royal Academy of Music in London awarded her with the honorary position of Associate Professor (ARAM).

Since 2004, she is the Professor of Guitar at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels and since 2007 she is the founder and artistic director of "the Volterra Project, Summer Guitar Institute", a workshop bringing together, every summer, international students and professionals of the highest caliber for 10 days of intense study and inspired performances.

Antigoni Goni is currently leaving in Brussels, Belgium, with her husband and two daughters.

Special Guests

Jeff Bowman - Jazz Guitar

Jeff Bowman was born into a Military family in Ottawa Ontario. His
father was posted to France, Nova Scotia, and Ontario, Saskatchewan
and eventually to British Columbia. A child of the 60's and unaware of
the Cold War, Jeff had begun learning guitar from Mr. Bob Wilson. Mr.
Wilson was a musician/Military Radar Technician on the Canadian Forces
Station known as Dana Saskatchewan. The isolated nature of this
Cold War Radar Site lent to many hours of practice that began a
lifetime of music for Jeff.

Moving to Chilliwack BC presented many more musical opportunities.
Jeff studied with local Classical Guitarist Walter Friesen and started
taking the Toronto Conservatory exams. In 1993 he received his Grade
10 certificate in Classical Guitar from the Toronto Conservatory of
Music. He had also studied with the late Jan Smit from the Royal
Canadian Engineer Band in Chilliwack BC.

He attended the Music programs in Capilano College studying Classical
Guitar with Stephen Boswell and The Vancouver Academy of Music
studying the Trombone with Mr. Greg Cox of the VSO. Jeff Bowman has
also studied jazz guitar with the great Oliver Gannon.

He has played at the Merritt Country Music Fest 1999 with the Debbie
Bergeron Band, performed with his own band at the Hope Mountain Blues
Fest 2004, performed in Chilliwack's 2005 Dixie Fest with Craig Scott
and Yve Evans. Was guest clinician at Kwantlan College's Guitar Fest
2005 and 2009. Was the 2007 Guitar adjudicator at the Upper Fraser Valley Music
Festival. He played guitar for the Fraser Valley University's West
Side Story production in the summer of 2006. Jeff has performed with Blues Harpist, Darrell Mansfield in Summer of 2011 at the Party in The Park event and Back To Blues Festival in Chilliwack. In August 2014 also performing with Jack Jackson in Northern and Interior BC.
Jeff continues to perform at private and social events in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver areas.

Jeff Bowman has made his living teaching music in
Chilliwack and the Fraser Valley and Vancouver areas for over 40 years.

Les Finnigan

Canadian acoustic guitarist Les Finnigan specializes in composing, recording and performing new original pieces for solo acoustic guitar. His compositions combine modal and counterpoint techniques, standard and alternate tunings, and hybrid picking (fingerstyle and flatpicking), to create music that is artistic, thought provoking, and rich with melodic motifs.

"Finnigan's use of the tonal palette of his 6-string creates aural images that are at the same time warm and inviting, and dark and complex." - Kirk Albrecht, Minor 7th

"Finnigan stands revealed as a gifted stylist and perhaps an even more talented composer." - Alexander Varty, The Georgia Straight

"His fingers don't just play, they dance." - John P. McLaughlin, The Province

2014 Western Canadian Music Award nomination
- Instrumental Album of the Year

2007 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination
- Best Instrumentalist - Solo

2003 Western Canadian Music Award nomination
- Outstanding Instrumental Recording

Discography: The Brave Dog (2013), Live at the West Coast Guitar Night - DVD (2011), The Fiery Cart (2009), Things My Guitar Said - 10th Anniversary Edition (2007), String-O-Vision - Live in Concert - DVD (2005), All Over the Map (2005), Steel String Portraits (2002), Live at the Cultch (2000), Stories Without Words (1999).
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Auditorium - Langley Campus, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (View)
20901 Langley Bypass
Langley, BC V3A 8G9


Music > Classical
Music > Jazz
Music > New Age

Minimum Age: 8
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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